Sonic The Hedgehog in 360

Karlil Wilson


Article Blog Submission


JOU 497



For this article submission I chose to review something that I actually am interested in. I am interested in and love anime. Anime is a passion that I have and I someday hope to work for a company like funimation or toei animation. The anime I chose to review is Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic the Hedgehog is anime whose video game franchise took over his existence. I grew up watching and playing Sonic the Hedgehog so it was really cool for me to experience something like this in 360.

The producers and publishers of this video was Sasso Studios. This company focuses purely on Sonic animations. They posted this production on their YouTube channel. Their channel has a little under 250,000 subscribers and the video itself has well over 4 million views. They also had a little over 25,000 likes on the video but also had a little under 2,000 dislikes.  I think the piece was successful based on the number of views, likes and the number of positive comments I saw on the video. Most of the comments were people who were surprised that something like this was even possible and were trying to understand how it was done.

This video was only one minute long so there was only one storytelling technique that they used was the introduction technique. Their strategy was to introduce the intended audience of what was going on at that exact moment and have the audience try to imagine what would happen after the introduction. This technique in m opinion was very successful because after the video ended abruptly, I was wondering what was going to happen next.

The story was about how the main character Sonic and his friends Knuckles and Tails working on an invention in a garage. Tails being the engineer of the three man team, built a robot and named him Metal Sonic. The robot was supposed to be just like Sonic. Everything between the two was supposed to be similar and in some ways Metal Sonic could even be seen as superior. The purpose of Metal Sonic was to help them fight off their enemies in any future battles.

The story sort of had a structure. The video wasn’t long at all so it was hard for them to even have a story structure. The story structure went from a beginning introduction and then a cliffhanger. Tails introduced the new invention with confidence. Sonic was very skeptical about the project but willing to give it a chance but Knuckles was not confident in the project at all. Tails ordered Metal Sonic to shake Knuckles hand and once Knuckles reached his hand out, Metal Sonic went out of control. The robot flew around in a craze until eventually Knuckles punched him and he finally stopped and shut down. After that, the video ended.

The video did use a bit of emotion. The emotion this video used was excitement and wonder. While experiencing this video you get a sense of adventure which helps progress the excitement emotions. It was very experience driven. In this 360 video, you were metal sonic. You got to look around and see your environment. You were able to see the different emotions of the characters. You got to actually experience the struggle of the characters trying to shut you down while you were going haywire.

I do believe this video was appropriate for VR. It gave Sonic fans and fans a great interactive, adventure and action-packed experience. The only weakness of this story was the cliffhanger at the end of the video, other than that, it was an amazing experience.